Young Harper of Redwood City in northern California is ready for the open water and all its marine life that he may encounter along the way.

His mother digs nautical haircuts and open water swimming styles. “We practice different looks in the bath. We laugh and have fun with it,” says mom Alecia Kelly who was a competitive swimmer in her younger days.

And little Harper especially loves his blonde locks styled like a sleek, smooth stingray. But sometimes he gets in a mood and likes changing it up. He can spike his ‘do like a menacing jellyfish.

It’s clear Harper loves the water and all its creatures. The more he is into it, the more we have fun with it.”

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